Case: Staudenraus v. Spitzer

07-33872 | New York state trial court

Filed Date: Oct. 7, 2007

Closed Date: 2007

Clearinghouse coding complete

Case Summary

On October 7, 2007, the conservative group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New York taxpayer in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Suffolk County, challenging New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's change to the state driver's license policy. Under the policy change, the state intended to dispense with the requirement that a driver's license applicant provide a valid social security number in order to receive a license. The policy, which was heralded as giving "all New Yorke…

On October 7, 2007, the conservative group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New York taxpayer in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Suffolk County, challenging New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's change to the state driver's license policy. Under the policy change, the state intended to dispense with the requirement that a driver's license applicant provide a valid social security number in order to receive a license. The policy, which was heralded as giving "all New Yorkers the opportunity to apply for driver's licenses without regard to immigration status," received national attention and became a focal issue for candidates during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. The lawsuit alleged that the policy change violated the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law §§ 500 et seq. and the State Administrative Procedure Act, §§ 101, et seq.

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the Governor decided to drop the change in policy, citing "pending lawsuits" and public opposition. The case is closed.

Summary Authors

Elizabeth Daligga (7/16/2012)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Aldrich, James B. (District of Columbia)

Borovina, Anton J. (New York)

Peterson, James F. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Aldrich, James B. (District of Columbia)

Borovina, Anton J. (New York)

Peterson, James F. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

07-33872

Complaint and Summons

Oct. 31, 2007

Oct. 31, 2007

Complaint

07-33872

Judicial Watch Files Taxpayer Lawsuit against New York Governor Spitzer, DMV to Stop Driver Licenses for Illegal Aliens

New York state supreme court

Nov. 20, 2007

Nov. 20, 2007

Press Release

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 1, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 7, 2007

Closing Date: 2007

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Judicial Watch

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

New York Department of Motor Vehicles, State

Governor of New York, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Availably Documents:

None of the above

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

Immigration/Border:

Undocumented immigrants - state and local regulation